Tunisia

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Language: Arabic
Capital: Tunis
Population: 10,102,000
Currency: Tunisian dinar (TND)
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Tunesia is a country in Northern Africa. There are borders with Algeria and Libya. Hitchhiking in Tunisia seems to be easy, especially in remote areas. A small contribution can be expected so make it clear before getting on board. Also there can be the possibility to hitch with car renting tourists. There are many private taxis and minibuses. As a single woman you may have to think of some extra safety measures.

One traveller from England never had to wait more than 10 minutes at most towns for a ride, and only one hour at the desolate and remote Ksar Ghilane. PhysicsHipster had similar luck, and got from Tozer to Tunis in three lifts, all of which were under 10 minute waits. Speaking French is a huge asset.

Getting in

From Europe you can get to Tunisia via plane or via a ferry. The borders from Algeria and Lybia are open.

By Boat

There are ferries to Tunisia from Napoli, Trapani (Sicily), Genova, Cagliari (Sardinia), Marseille and only in summer from La Spezia. It is not sure if these ferries are hitchable because especially in summer a reservation can be needed. The other possibility is to hitch a private yacht which is going to Tunisia.

Getting out

Both Algeria and Libya are not the easiest countries to get visas for.

Climate

Tunisia is arid and hot, especially during summer. Be sure to not get stuck somewhere in the dessert and to have enough water with you and protect your head from the sun.

Health

Generally the health system in Tunisia is in a good condition. To avoid diarrhoea wash your hands before eating and only drink bottled water. Most towns have a pharmacy and bigger towns have hospitals but these are sometimes overcrowded. Doctors mostly speak French because it is likely that they did their studies in France or Belgium. English is rarely spoken.

Be aware of wild animals and dogs because rabies (always deadly) is common. Don't get bitten of snakes or scorpions.

Cities

Literature

  • "The rough guide to Tunisia" - Peter Morris and Daniel Jacobs